F.Regional – Fittipaldi, mission accomplished

21 Oct 2019

The 2019 FIA Formula Regional championship ended last weekend in Monza. The drivers’ title had already been decided at the previous round in Mugello, so Enzo Fittipaldi’s target was second place in the championship and he secured it comfortably. The weekend did not get off to the best of starts for the Brazilian Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student. He had to pit with a technical problem, thus aborting his first qualifying run and then, he had to pit three laps into Race 1 with a transmission problem.

Sunday. Enzo did not lose heart and in Race 2, he pushed hard to take the chequered flag in fourth place, which was enough to ensure he could not be beaten for second place in the championship. With that under his belt, Fittipaldi produced a great drive in the final race of the Monza weekend. Rain was falling as he moved up to third at the start and then engaged in a closely fought battle with fellow countryman Igor Fraga. The battle raged on and Fittipaldi made his move on lap 9, with a very nice overtake at the Parabolica corner to take second place. At this point, Enzo was the quickest driver on track and by the finish, he’d managed to halve the gap to the winner, Vesti.

Summary. “The weekend started on the back foot because of a suspension problem which affected my qualifying and then a gearbox failure stopped me in Race 1,” commented Fittipaldi. “But from the second race onwards, everything went perfectly. In Race 2, I did enough to ensure being second in the championship and in the last race, I was very quick, lapping around a second faster than all the others. I had a great pace and I knew I’d go well in the wet and I think if the race had been three laps longer I could have won. I am really happy with how things went this weekend and, as from tomorrow, work begins on the next stage in my career.” Fittipaldi will be on track for the official Formula 3 International test sessions at the Valencia track, with the Prema team.

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